New Major Diabetes Plan to Unveiled in Beijing On Nov. 14

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As part of World Diabetes Day 2010, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will be focussing on a major diabetes epicentre: China. Economic progress in China is coming at the cost of public health: China has 92.4 million people with diabetes (1 in every 10 people).

We will be unveiling a major global diabetes plan on World Diabetes Day in Beijing next week in conjunction with a World Diabetes Day media briefing at the iconic Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square on November 14. New data on how much diabetes is costing the Chinese economy and society will also be announced, followed by an expert panel session featuring Madame Kong Lingzhi, Deputy Director-General, Chinese Ministry of Health, and Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, IDF President. Close to 200 people will attend the media briefing, which will be followed by a World Diabetes Day celebration in the same room.

The Chinese government is demonstrating that they are taking diabetes seriously and recognizing its economic impact. Now we need governments from the rest of the world to do the same because:

Diabetes will claim four million lives in the coming year


Diabetes kills twice as many people as HIV/AIDS each year. Over 300 million people live with diabetes today. Close to half a billion people will have diabetes by 2030—that’s more people than the current population of North America.

Soon, 4 out of every 5 people with diabetes will live in developing countries; the men and women most affected are of working age – the breadwinners of their families.

Thankfully some progress is being made. For the first time ever, we are seeing political will to address the disease on a global level. On May 13, 2010 the UN General Assembly voted unanimously for UN Resolution 64/265 to hold a UN High Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases in September 2011. A similar Summit on HIV/AIDS in 2001 proved a turning point for that disease. More info can be found at

World Diabetes Day is the best opportunity we have to draw attention to the silent killer that is diabetes. Since 1991, World Diabetes Day has been spreading the message of diabetes awareness, education and prevention to millions of people around the world.

Written by Nancy Matos